About Lina Kumar

Lina Kumar

Lina Kumar is a podiatrist that qualified from Plymouth and Brighton Universities with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Podiatry in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Since then she has worked for the NHS and private sector as a podiatrist with a special interest in wound care and diabetes.

In 2016 Lina qualified as a nutritionist from the Blackford Institute and has since followed her passion in this field. Lina is a believer in a balanced dietary regime and advocates the Mediterranean Diet. Having been born and brought up in Cyprus, she had the blessing to be surrounded by fields of fig, citrus, olive, cherry and almond trees, vineyards, as well as an array of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. She was privileged enough to be able to go into the garden and pick these foods fresh from the field and have a diet that was based on wholesome and organically-grown food.

Since having moved to the UK in 1998 she has strived to have as healthy a diet as possible for herself and her family, with fresh produce, olive oil (which her mum and dad still make at the olive mill from their own olive trees and bring over to England on their visits), nuts and seeds, fish and little meat.

With the steep rise in diabetes, obesity and heart disease, it is in our hands to take control of our health and, along with exercise and a happy mind, use food as a powerful tool to take control and fend off disease.

Diabetes and endocrine health issues are multifactorial metabolic conditions, which need a multi-faceted approach. This is comprised of medical therapeutics such as nutrition, exercise, motivation and structured education in order to achieve optimal outcomes for prevention and cure. Recognising this early in her career as a specialist podiatrist, Lina decided to add an important aspect of nutrition to her clinical approach eg: mediterranean diet in diabetes, iodine replete state in thyroid, calorie deficit in weight loss, current concepts of intermittent fasting etc.

In this blog, we will explore the power that lies in naturally-occurring foods and how we can use them to optimise our health, based on what issues we experience.

We cover many aspects of food and nutrition, with a focus on the key ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, which is evidence-based again and again for its benefits.

Happy reading and please get in touch with your comments or questions- I love questions!

Articles by Lina

Pain relief on your plate?

According to NICE, between 25-33% of the UK’s population suffers from chronic pain.   Pain comes in all sorts of forms: joint pain, back pain, headaches and migraines, nerve pain or general myalgia.  As well as pills and creams, physio and other physical therapies may help.  Increasingly, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are also being used to help […]

Twelve humble ‘superfoods’ you can find in your local shop

There is a lot of hype about special foods that have ‘super’ powers. These rarer foods can often be more difficult to find and expensive. In reality, all whole foods, i.e. those provided by Mother Nature in their original form, are super. They all provide their unique blend of natural compounds that serve human health […]

Knowing your food labels

Learning to understand food packaging labels is a useful tool to help you make informed decisions about the foods you buy.  Here are a few tips to help you crack their code: The ingredients list.  This tells you everything the item contains.  Bear in mind that sugar can be disguised under 40-50 different names, (see […]

Why whole food concentrates

In our consultations we may recommend that you take some wholefood supplements.  The reasons for this are as follows: Our fresh produce is significantly nutrient-deplete compared to what it was several decades ago.  According to The American Society for Horticultural Science, there has been an alarming decrease in the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables […]

The Surprising Seven Problems

The most common problems encountered in our practice when looking at clients’ food diaries are the following: Dehydration It is recommended that we drink an average of 8-10 glasses of water every day.  Water has around 10 functions in the human body and is an essential nutrient. The Mayo Clinic explains how much total fluid […]

What’s bitter about sugar?

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth  and our waistline.  But, what are the more concealed and serious effects that sugar has on the body? A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that drinking a 20-ounce (600ml) sugar-sweetened soft drink a day was associated with the equivalent of 4.6 years […]